YEAR RELEASED: 2002
CHART ACTION: No
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Into Southern Doom / Stoner Metal? Maybe. Otherwise…
LINEUP: Phillip Cole, Laura Pleasants, Brian Duke, Christian Depken
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Savannah sludge-doom metal pioneers overcome personal tragedy to finish debut album.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Kylesa’s first album is more doom / sludge metal than psychedelic sludge metal, even though there are some elements of that in there. But the real story is the story behind the record.
Three of the four members of Kylesa were in a previous band, and they changed into Kylesa and started to record their debut album. They played their first show as Kylesa in June, 2001 and four days later bass player Duke was dead from an epileptic seizure.
They pushed on to honor Duke and finished the record with a stand-in bass player. In 2002, it was released and their career in the sludge / psychedelic branch of doom metal took off.
There’s lots of good riffage here, which is what you want from bands like this. There’s not a lot of variety, but it’ll do to get your sludge on. It’s just incredible that they finished the record after what happened.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Cole, Duke and Depken were in Damad before mutating it into Kylesa.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: B-: It has some good riffs and good moments and considering everything else, it’s a good debut.